Sunday, 10 April 2011

It's been so long

....... I've  looked at my calender to see what I've been up to since my last post! In fact it's been more like what I've had to cancel,  I've had a bad back for just over three weeks now. According to my GP I've been lucky, previously getting over back episodes (if that's what they are called) in a week it's likely to take 8 weeks to recover completely.  For the first week I had trouble sitting or standing for more than 5 minutes at a time and in fact I spent the first week totally uncomfortable. During these weeks I  did finish reading a book that I started last year and started reading a book that Rachel gave me a few weeks ago. Dave says that since he's seen me reading 'One Day' every one seems to be reading it on his journey to and from work.

I've also knitted another baby cardigan, when I've got the buttons sewn on I'll put photos of both up here. Rachel's scrap quilt is finished with the binding on I'm really pleased with it and next time she comes home she can take it back with her. I've also spend far to much  time watching day time tv and films. I had to cancel coffee with a friend twice and both Quilting groups I go to twice. Thankfully I can now get out and about again and life has started to look up, Thursday I went out with a friend for lunch at RHS Hyde Hall, that seemed to be a less risky option than the day out in London that we'd been planning for a time. I'm so glad we didn't book the theatre tickets that we'd talked about doing!  Friday my lovely friend Sheila came to visit, we spent a nice afternoon chatting having lunch, and she gave me  this selvage pin cushion that she'd made, how lucky am I? So it's not been all doom and gloom.

Our garden is going through a total re vamp the raised beds are now in position and some vegetable's have been planted. It's a small garden and we are trying to get the most out of it, at the moment it looks a total mess. As things always go the week my back went we had lots of things delivered for the garden, things are going slower than we planned but we will get there. Next weekend a skip is on it's way, then things should start to improve. A week or so ago the Camellia was looking fantastic! It still looks good even now. Thankfully the shrubs and plants that we moved from one side of the garden to the other seem to have taken and the clematis are starting to climb up the new trellis.

The other good news is Dave has agreed that we can get a puppy...... I'm not sure if I've blogged about this previously, but he'd said before "that if a dog moved in here he'd move out".  With very little persuasion he's given in. We'll be looking to bring the new addition into the house in September as until then we have too much going on to devote enough time to a puppy. I'm thinking of a small dog maybe a Shih-tzu, any one out there got any tips on the breed we should think about? In an ideal world I'd like a Labrador, but they are too big for our house and garden.

Sorry this post seems to be going on a bit. But another couple of things to say.... Gina sorry I've not put the recipe on yet for the mincemeat cake I'll do that later this week. Thanks for all the comments on my last  post.  Must finish this post now before I get stuck in one position, keep moving is the thing to do!


  1. Oh there you are, thought you'd got lost or even moved to inner Mongolia.
    I'm sure your garden will look a treat, with loads of lovely things to eat.
    I'm sure Junior will love bounding around in it too!

  2. OMG you've turned into a poet! Not wanting to sound like someone we both know used to sound, it could be the only junior I ever get? I promise I wont dress it in nappies or baby clothes. Hahahah! But, having said that I have an urge to knit 4 booties and a tail warmer.

  3. Glad your back is feeling better. My camellia has not really done so well this year. It's developed red and white petals. Must be missing a vital nutrient. A puppy how wonderful. Please think about a rescue dog. Thank you for your kind words on my blog. They are much appreciated at this time.

  4. I do hope your back is feeling better,I can sympathise with you I often get sciatica ouch !,our camellia got blown to bits in the March winds bahh !Im sure you will soon catch up with the garden, Jan xx

  5. Glad to hear that you are on the mend. A puppy, how exciting, the bad back obviously put Dave in a weak position. Who will be on poop patrol? A lovely gift from Sheila. X

  6. It was good to see you on Saturday. Hope your back gets better soon. x

  7. So, did my suggestion of a pony or a puppy work then!!! Get a Heinz 57 - I had two Labrador X Collies, both smaller than a Lab. And yep a rescue animal, so rewarding.
    Hope the back is OK - lots of driving these past few days....

  8. Hi Miriam, thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting on my erosion bundle, especially for taking the time to click on the leaf imprint. It was very nice to hear from you. I do hope your back makes a complete recovery soon. It was nice to read your post and hear about your garden. I'm sure all the work will be worthwhile in the end but it is frustrating going through the messy stage (we have been renovating our cottage for years now ... but finally finished and time to tackle the garden. I expect I will be moaning about mine too soon! LOL)

    Best wishes, Carolyn

  9. Oh Miriam, well done on winning the puppy battle! I'm a 'big dog' person myself, but I spent the weekend with a friend and her Bichon Frise (I think that's how it's spelt) and it's a lovely little dog. Plus, as a big bonus - they don't drop hairs at all and are great for allergy sufferers. Very cute too.
    Gill x